Celebrating Minna Canth Day

By Marianne Wargelin, FinnFest USA President Finland has official flag days, days when everyone can fly the flag. Ordinary citizens are not permitted to fly the flag except on these official days. Thus, on a flag day, when you wake up in the morning in any village, town or city, you will discover flags all…
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Hilton extends discount

The Hilton has graciously extended their hotel discount offer until the start of the festival this week. Please make your reservation today if you have not! Link here > Questions?

VocalEssence celebrates century of Finnish Independence with music from the land of the Midnight Sun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE CELEBRATES CENTURY OF FINNISH INDEPENDENCE WITH MUSIC FROM THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN “Finlandia Forever” features Osmo Vänskä and Sara Pajunen plus selections from major Finnish composers—Sept. 24 MINNEAPOLIS—June 16, 2017—VocalEssence, the nationally acclaimed choral organization, is honoring Finland—and delighting audiences—with a concert featuring some…
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Joulupukki coming to FinnFest 2017 Minneapolis

FinnFest 2017 festival will host a special guest directly from the wilderness of Finnish Lapland when the most famous resident “Joulupukki”- Santa arrives to Minneapolis. Many of you maybe don’t know that Joulupukki lives in a Fell called “Korvatunturi” -Ear Fell way up north in the magical Finnish Lapland. Santa will be part of Visit…
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Registration opens

We are extremely pleased to announce that the highly-anticipated Registration for our wonderful 2017 Festival is now online and open, both for those who want to register online (preferred) as well as those who wish to register with a paper form and mailed payment. Online registration, see Paper PDF form available too, see…
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FinnFest remembrance by Sally Capra Morales

Every FinnFest I’ve been to has been a unique, fun and educational experience. I might be one of the newer attendees. Minneapolis will be our 5th FinnFest. My husband is not of Finnish origin but he looks forward to each FinnFest as much as I do. FinnFest is a chance to learn about and discuss…
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Tuomo & Markus at The Cedar Thursday evening September 21

The Cedar and FinnFest USA are pleased to announce Tuomo & Markus performing at The Cedar on Thursday evening, September 21, 2017 as part of FinnFest 2017 Minneapolis festivities!  See more about the full festival program:  More to be added!  

My FinnFest Memories by Daniel Truckey

by Daniel Truckey, Vice-President, FinnFest USA Since I joined the FinnFest board in 2012, I’ve had some amazing experiences, at FinnFest and also at our board meetings in such wonderful places as Minneapolis, Santa Fe, and Seattle.  But FinnFest, itself, is what it is all about and I’d like to tell you about the most…
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Help Design FinnFest’s Future

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, April 15, 2017 – Since 1983, FinnFest USA has used the same logo. It has served us well but now as Finland begins its second century as a country, FinnFest USA would like to create a new graphic identity. We are asking all those designers out there (professional or otherwise) to take part…
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Launch of new FinnFest USA site at

We are extremely pleased with the launch of the new FinnFest USA website at the new address!  The original domain address will remain active and is set to automatically forward all visitors there to this new site location. On Kalevala Day, Feb 28, as we remember the publication of that important printed work…
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